Hyoscyamine is a prescription drug typically used to treat stomach or bowel problems, including ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and colic symptoms, along with bladder problems such as cystitis and spastic bladder. In some cases, it’s also prescribed to relieve heart problems, control symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and treat respiratory conditions, including asthma.
Hyoscyamine works by relaxing the motion of the stomach and intestines, and stems the secretion of stomach fluids, including acid.
On Sept. 14, 2016, Virtus Pharmaceuticals issued a recall of seven lots of Hyoscyamine because of a manufacturing error that produced superpotent pills. Virtus recalled these batches only after receiving reports that patients who took Virtus’s Hyoscyamine had suffered severe side effects.
According to Virtus, a superpotent dose of its Hyoscyamine can result in critical side effects, such as:
- Stroke-like symptoms, including confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, slurred speech, imbalance, and disorientation
In addition to these significant side effects, Burg Simpson has received at least one report of death that appears to be associated with a superpotent dose of Virtus’s Hyoscyamine.
If you or someone you love took Hyoscyamine that was manufactured by Virtus Pharmaceuticals and suffered any of these side effects, it may have been the result of a superpotent dose. If this is the case, Virtus Pharmaceuticals may be liable to you and your loved ones for the damage caused by Virtus’s manufacturing error. Burg Simpson is an award-winning law firm that has your best interests at heart. If you’ve been injured by this drug, contact one of our mass tort attorneys in Cincinnati before it’s too late by filling out our Free Case Evaluation form.
Taking a superpotent Hyoscyamine tablet can result in seizures and stroke-like symptoms. These stroke-like symptoms include confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, slurred speech, imbalance, and disorientation. Other symptoms of a superpotent dose include hallucinations, hot/dry skin, fever, sensitivity to light, unusual excitement, fast or irregular heartbeat, and an inability to completely empty the bladder.
If the dosage strength is particularly high, according to the manufacturer, adverse events such as clotted blood within the tissues and fractures could occur as a result of falls from dizziness or seizures.
If you have experienced any of these symptoms, contact a Hyoscyamine recall attorney at Burg Simpson now.
As of the recall date, Virtus had received three reports of major side effects that involved hallucinations, stroke-like symptoms, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, dry mouth, slurred speech, imbalance, and disorientation.
Other major side effects include:
- Seizures, which can occur because of a sudden spike in electrical brain activity.
- Death, which can occur if a superpotent dose ignites seizures that won’t cease or causes stroke-like symptoms, imbalance, and/or disorientation that result in a fatal accident or injuries.
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The recalled Hyoscyamine sulfate (0.125mg) included the tablet, sublingual, and orally disintegrating tablet form and were distributed nationwide to distributors, hospitals, and retail pharmacies in the United States and Puerto Rico starting on March 11, 2016.
Virtus has notified distributors and retailers of this recall. Additionally, many pharmacies that sold Virtus’s defective Hyoscyamine product sent letters to consumers advising them of the recall and instructing them not to use the affected drug.
If you or a loved one believe you have been injured by a superpotent Hyoscyamine dose, fill out our Free Case Evaluation form as soon as you can or call us at 513-852-5600 to discuss your case with a Burg Simpson Hyoscyamine sulfate lawyer.